NARS | Unlawful Blush, Night Caller Collection Fall 2014

NARS Unlawful Blush opener


The Fall 2014 Night Caller Collection from NARS, has some truly stand-out pieces, with Unlawful Blush leading the pack (my review on the eyeshadow duos will be coming soon). From the brand known for creating some of the most quixotic seasonal collections with the most exotic names at that, Unlawful seems rather, well … tame, by contrast. But appearances can be very deceiving. Very, very deceiving.


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NARS | Unlawful Blush


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NARS | Unlawful Blush


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NARS | Unlawful Blush


NARS Unlawful Blush

Unlawful Blush (CAN $35.00) | Described as “amber pink with silver pearls” might sound confusing, but also happens to be quite accurate; Unlawful is an incredibly finely-milled powder blush in a warm-toned (almost fleshy) pink hue with visible silver shimmer – as in shimmer bomb kind of visible. But one swatch, and you’ll see magic happen before your very eyes. Highly pigmented but not overly harsh in colour, this shade lays down on the skin like silk, with very minimal powdery kickback raised upon swirling my brush along the surface. The shimmer seen in the pan is not an overspray, but rather continues through all layers of product, with pink added to the silver bits. The size of the shimmer particles, however, is what makes this blush unique: visible though it may be, this sparkle does NOT translate as excessive when applied, but rather becomes this ultra-fine sheen that leaves a gorgeous glow to the skin. Even the colour of the blush – which can appear rather dark and even amber-hued in some lighting, morphs into the most beautiful pink/peach tone on the skin. Those with pale complexions will need to start with a light hand and build up gradually, but anyone with a  light-medium skin tone or darker, can dive in as usual – it’s almost as though you literally can’t go wrong with this shade. Staying power, as with basically all NARS blushes in my experience, is excellent, going easily past the 9 hour mark before any fading starts to occur.

From the day I received Unlawful, I have found myself reaching for it over and over again. One favourite way of mine to wear it, is layered with other blushes for a multi-dimensional “natural” look; I start by using a matte brown-hued shade as light contour in the hollows of my cheeks (such as MAC’s Harmony), then I sweep Unlawful along the tops of the cheeks and upwards towards the temples, finishing off with a light touch of a bright pink (such as NARS New Attitude, reviewed here) on the ‘apples’ of the cheeks – the last touch is to lightly blend the three together to eliminate any possible demarcation lines. Sounds like a lot, although in reality it only takes a minute or so – but the end result is so totally worth it.


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NARS | Unlawful Blush


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NARS Unlawful Blush swatch

NARS | Unlawful Blush


Surprisingly for a beauty aficionado such as myself (sounds nicer than saying beauty addict), Unlawful happens to be a shade that was missing from my blush repertoire. Sitting halfway between the pink and peach families, with a touch of coral and tan somewhere in there as well, this shade is a definite must-have in my opinion – not only for the fact that it will suit most skin tones across the spectrum, but for the stunning glow it imparts which is in fact so hard to accurately describe; it’s like what you think your cheeks should look like after a workout, or a brisk outdoor walk in Autumn, or after a jog along the beach. But without the effort, thank you (I’m lazy like that).

Available now and part of the permanent collection, find more information:


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*Disclosure: Press sample provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

9 Responses to NARS | Unlawful Blush, Night Caller Collection Fall 2014

  1. I absolutely love Nars blushes. The colours are amazing and they last for so long during the day!

    • Eugenia says:

      I love the quality of NARS blushes as well!

      On a side note, please refrain from adding any links when you comment as they will be automatically deleted – thanks for understanding

  2. Dear Eugenia, I agree .. This is a very unique color .. I might just buy it !!

  3. Vee says:

    Looks beautiful blended, love the pearly shimmer in it.

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